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Cybernetics Journals


Kybernetes: The International Journal of Systems and Cybernetics. The official journal of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, is a leading research resource for academics and professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of human, artificial and natural systems and gain access to international research and the latest thinking in systems and cybernetics.

Special personal subscription offer via electronic access. Individuals are invited to take out a special subscription to Kybernetes that allows access to the journal's content via the Internet.

Systems Research and Behavioural Sciences

Systems Research and Behavioral Science publishes original articles on new theories, experimental research, new scientific results and applications relating to all levels of living and non-living systems. The journal publishes papers of a theoretical or empirical nature which have broad interdisciplinary implications not found in a journal devoted to a single discipline. Its scope includes systems approaches to: the redesign of organisational and societal structures; the management of administrative and business processes; problems of change management; the implementation of procedures to increase the quality of work and life; the resolution of clashes of norms and values; social cognitive processes; modelling etc.


IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics is published monthly in three parts. Part A, published in odd numbered months of the year, is devoted to systems and humans. Part B, published in even numbered months of the year, is devoted to cybernetics. Part C is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November. The scope of this part of the Transactions, sent to all SMC members, includes applications and reviews in all areas of SMC.

Each paper submitted to IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics is subjected to a thorough review procedure, and the publication decision is based on the reviewers' comments. Review management is generally under the direction of an associate editor. Often, reviews take three months to five months to obtain, occasionally longer, and it takes an additional several months for the publication process.


Biological Cybernetics provides an interdisciplinary medium for the experimental, theoretical and application-oriented aspects of information processing in organisms, including sensory, motor, cognitive, and ecological phenomena. Topics covered include: experimental studies of biological systems including quantitative modelling; computational, technical, or theoretical studies with relevance for understanding biological information processing; and artificial implementation of biological information processing and self-organizing principles.

Under the main aspects of performance and function of systems, emphasis is laid on communication between life sciences and technical/theoretical disciplines. Purely theoretical concepts and data analysis without reference to information processing in organisms are outside the aims and scope of "Biological Cybernetics". Largely speculative contribution as well as presentations of preliminary and inconclusive results are also discouraged.

Cybernetics and Human Knowing

Cybernetics and Human Knowing is a quarterly international multi- and interdisciplinary journal on second order cybernetics, autopoiesis and cybersemiotics.

The journal is devoted to the new understandings of self-organizing processes of information in human knowing that have arisen through the cybernetics of cybernetics, or second order cybernetics and its relation and relevance to other interdisciplinary approaches such as semiotics (cybersemiotics). This new development within cybernetics is a nondisciplinary approach. Through the concept of self-reference it tries to explore: the meaning of cognition and communication; our understanding of organization and information in human, artificial and natural systems; and our understanding of understanding within the natural and social sciences, humanities, information and library science, and in social practices as design, education, organisation, teaching, therapy, art, management and politics.

Cybernetics and Systems

Cybernetics and Systems is published in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies. Cybernetics and Systems serves as an international forum for the publication of the latest developments in cybernetics. The journal exposes scientists from diverse disciplines to important new methods in cybernetics, while drawing attention to novel applications of these methods to problems from many areas of research. Strictly refereed contributions present original research based on empirical verification, spanning a broad range of interests, from artificial intelligence to economics.

Readership includes computer and information scientists, systems managers, and researchers in fuzzy systems, as well as those involved in management, robotics, linguistics, artificial intelligence, operations, and political science

Cybernetics and System Analysis

Cybernetics and Systems Analysis Cybernetics and System Analysis, a translation of Kibernetica, publishes articles on: software and hardware; algorithm theory and languages; programming and programming theory; optimization; operations research; digital and analog methods; hybrid systems; machine-machine and man-machine interfacing. Simulation, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, finite automata, switching theory, and computer logic are also covered. The journal focuses on fresh formulations of problems and new methods of investigation. The Russian volume-year is published in English beginning in July.

IFSR Abstracts for Cybernetics and Systems Research

IFSR Abstracts for Cybernetics and Systems Research The International e-Journal of Abstracts for Cybernetics and Systems Research of the IFSR is a collection of bibliography from the field of knowledge in cybernetics, systemics, systems sciences, systems research both scientific, applied and out of practical experience. It is the first attempt to collect a bibliography of cybernetics and systems research world wide. It aims at consolidating scientific and applied knowledge of an emerging and developing new science domain with increasing implementation wherever systems occur and are designed.


Robotica is an official Journal of the International Federation of Robotics. It publishes papers on the theoretical and practical aspects of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. This includes developments, applications and research in the field of automation and robotics in industry, health and education and on the economic and social aspects. Coverage includes uses in hostile environments, applications in the service and manufacturing industries, biological robotics, dynamics and kinematics involved in robot design and uses, on-line robots, robot task planning, rehabilitation robotics, sensory perception, software in the widest sense, particularly in respect of programming languages and links with CAD/CAM systems, telerobotics and related areas.

International Journal of General Systems

International Journal of General Systems, The International Journal of General Systems is a crossdisciplinary periodical devoted primarily to the publication of original research in basic and applied systems science. Tutorial and survey articles, book reviews, bibliographies, and letters to the editor are also published. The principal aim of the journal is to promote original systems ideas, concepts, principles, methods, theoretical and experimental results. Some typical subjects include: systems modelling, simulation, and design; systems complexity and simplification methods; crossdisciplinary systems problem solving; and categories of systems, such as hierarchical, cellular, adaptive, self-organizing, learning, autopoietic, self-producing, intelligent, etc.

The International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies

The International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, IJASS, publishes academic papers on research and applications of all aspects of the science of systems and systemic analysis, system theory from practical and academic viewpoints. Applications include business, political and social sciences as well as biological systems. The journal presents the study of systems and the methodologies, tools and products used to design, measure and construct information systems. Topic areas covered include; living systems, bioinformatics and biotechnology systems, complex systems, cybernetics, electronic service systems (internet, intranet, extranet, e-commerce, e-business, intelligent systems engineering and knowledge based systems.

Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics

Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics, formerly the Journal of Information Processing and Cybernetics / Elektronische Informationsverarbeitung und Kybernetik (EIK), is a forum for research in all areas of the field, from theory to applications and relations to other subjects.

Particular attention is given to grammatical methods for generation of sets of words, graphs, arrays, pictures, higher dimensional and infinite objects, etc. (including the classical grammars of the Chomsky hierarchy, Lindenmayer systems and their variations, graph grammars, etc.); automata as acceptors of languages of words, graphs, etc.; decision problems; efficient algorithms for solving problems concerning languages, grammars and automata; algebraic properties of automata and languages; combinatorial properties of words, sequences of words, sets of words, etc.; codes as languages; estimations of parameters of codes; relations of languages and automata to complexity theory, logics, etc.; trace languages; Petri net languages; formal models for concurrent processes; applications of formal languages and automata to programming languages, natural languages, biology, etc.; combinatorics, graph theory, discrete mathematics in relation with problems of theoretical computer science.

Journal of 
Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics

Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: the main purpose of the Journal is to collaborate in the systemization of knowledge and experience generated in the areas of Systemics, Cybernetics (communication and control) and Informatics. It covers a wide range of areas, sub-areas and topics related to Systems Science, Engineering and Philosophy (Systemics), Communications and Control of Mechanisms and Organisms (Cybernetics) and Computer Science and Engineering, along with Information Technologies (Informatics).

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

LNCS The series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), including its subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI), has established itself as a medium for the publication of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching - quickly, informally, and at a high level.

The cornerstone of LNCS's editorial policy is its unwavering commitment to report the latest results from all areas of computer science and information technology research, development, and education. LNCS has always enjoyed close cooperation with the computer science R & D community, with numerous renowned academics, and with prestigious institutes and learned societies. Our mission is to serve this community by providing a most valuable publication service.


Informatica is an international refereed journal with its base in Europe. It has entered its 26th year of publication. It is directed towards computer science and informatics community — scientific and educational as well as technical, commercial and industrial. Informatica publishes papers addressing all issues of interests to computer professionals. It also publishes critical examinations of existing publications, news about major practical achievements and innovations in the computer and information industry, as well as conference announcements and reports.

Information and Computation

Information and Computation The Publisher and Editorial Board of Information and Computation are pleased to announce that for one year, effective immediately, online access to all journal issues back to 1995 will be available without charge. This includes unrestricted downloading of articles in pdf format.

At the end of the year, the retrieval traffic during the open access period will be evaluated as future subscription policies are considered.

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Cybernetics Related Organisations

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American Society for Cybernetics The Society encourages:

  • The advancement of cybernetics as a science
  • The development of cybernetic research methods and techniques that improve the manageability of complex systems
  • The systematic accretion, evaluation and exchange of cybernetic knowledge and its application across disciplinary, national and ethnic boundaries
  • The application of cybernetics towards improving the informational condition of man and the social use of communication and information processing technology
  • The practice of self-government

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The UK Systems Society (UKSS) is a non-profit making, professional society registered as an educational charity.

The Society is committed to the development and promotion of 'systems' philosophy, theory, models, concepts and methodologies for improving decision-making and problem-solving for the benefit of organisations and the wider society.

Italian Systems Society

The Italian Systems Society (ISS) promotes and supports research and interaction between researchers from different disciplines and promotes and supports inter- and trans-disciplinary research and education. The ISS aims to initiate, improve, support and activate systems thinking through organising publications, education, conferences, seminars and research. The society focuses on the elements of structures and organisations using the methods of control theory, systems analysis and cybernetics.

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The International Federation for Systems Research is a a non-profit, scientific and educational agency, constituted of member organizations from various countries. The overall purpose of the Federation is to advance cybernetic and systems research and systems applications and to serve the international systems community.

This purpose is attained by:

  • coordinating systems research among member organizations;
  • organizing, supporting, and sponsoring research and development, international meetings, and workshops;
  • developing and promoting international publications in the area of systems research and applications;
  • developing and promoting programs and resource materials development in systems education;
  • defining and promoting standards of competence in systems research and systems education;
  • developing information on the knowledge-base in the cybernetic and systems sciences; and
  • coordinating programs among member organizations and providing assistance to them.

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International Society for the Systems Sciences

The ISSS is a broadly based professional society of scientists,philosophers, educators, futurists, humanists, business and policy practicioners, artists, writers, and many other professionals from diverse endeavors, who are drawn together by a common interest: understanding and interacting systemically with reality. Our basic approach is both scientific and philosophical in the broadest and most evolutionary sense of the scientific enterprise. Science and humanities are evolving new paradigms, most notably a systemic view, and ISSS is at the forefront of that evolution.

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The World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC) is a federation of national associations and institutions devoted to systems or cybernetics, with English, French and Russian as official languages. It was founded in 1960 by Professor J. Rose, who is now Honorary Director of the organisation. Dr Norbert Wiener is the President in Memoriam. The President is Professor Stafford Beer. The Director-General is Professor Robert Vallée.     

The Cybernetics Society is one of the 35 societies or institutions affiliated to WOSC.

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Principia Cybernetica Principia Cybernetica tries to tackle age-old philosophical questions with the help of the most recent cybernetic theories and technologies

The Project aims to develop a complete philosophy or "world-view", based on the principles of evolutionary cybernetics, and supported by collaborative computer technologies. To get started, there is an introduction with background and motivation, and an overview, summarizing the project as a whole.

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The Metaphorum Group The Metaphorum Group is a community of researchers and practitioners interested in the preservation, promotion and development of Stafford Beer's Legacy in Management Cybernetics - the field founded by him. Stafford Beer pioneered the application of cybernetics to the understanding of all complex dynamic systems. After years in industry pioneering Operational Research he wrote a number of books including: "Management and Cybernetics", "Decision and Control" and "Brain of the Firm". He was invited by the Prime Minister of Chile, Dr Salvadore Allende, to apply this approach to Government in Chile. Beer's theories have been developed and they are believed to be increasingly relevant to governments and the governance of organisations of all kinds wishing to develop resilience and the capability to adapt to the challenges of social, environmental and economic changes.

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IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter of the IEEE, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section was founded on 26 June 2002.

The IEEE Man, Systems, and Cybernetics Society covers a diverse range of areas of interest comprising Large Scale Systems, Theory and Applications; Optimisation, Decision Analysis, Problem Definition, Modelling, Simulation, Test, Evaluation, Foundations of Cybernetics, Pattern Recognition, Adaptive and Learning Systems, Biocybernetics and Man-machine Systems.

Representative application of these diverse disciplines include Complex Hardware, Behavioral, Biological, Ecological, Educational

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Cwarel Isaf Institute was founded by Stafford Beer and Fredmund Malik to provide first-hand information on management cybernetics or, as it is also called, the science of effective organization.

The range of information we offer is oriented to people with the varied and different interests and levels of qualification that we see in the course of our daily work. We hope in this way to cater for as many as possible of the different questions and interests that our visitors will have, and to offer material that will appeal as much to people engaged in the practical business of management at various levels in widely varying fields of application as to students and specialists in the system-oriented fields of study and disciplines who are looking for material prepared in observance of the usual academic conventions.

Knowledge Borad

Knowledge Board is a website for the European Knowledge Management (KM) Community

An article in the beginners section of the website covers everything you need to know about KM: why KM, the roots of KM, the evolution of KM, definition of KM, categories of KM models, types of knowledge, principles of KM, the KM process, and obstacles to KM Implementation.

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Cybersalon is the trading name of Digital Liberties Limited for its UK-based collective and think-tank activities focusing on the process and effect of the digital revolution in industry, society and its emerging digital cultures. Its members and audiences include entrepreneurs, technologists, hackers, activists, government officials, business and community leaders, academics, artists, creatives and designers from educational institutions, arts organisations, community groups, private business and the wider community. Cybersalon organises presentations, workshops, meetings, special projects in research and education and curates real and virtual spaces for people involved in new media and digital creativity. The size of the contributing, senior membership of Cybersalon varies between a dozen to more than twenty. Cybersalon audience membership numbers in the hundreds. Cybersalon has contributed to a Digital Citizenship Bill of Rights for debate in the British Parliament, presented member book launches on workplace surveillance and the results of research into the political use of social media. Founded in 1997 it is currently housed at NewSpeak House, Shoreditch, London.

Artificial Intelligence Organisations


AISB The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB) is the largest Artificial Intelligence Society in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1964, the society has an international membership drawn from both academia and industry


London-AI list is a website and listserver for researchers in artificial intelligence, neural networks, robotics, cognitive science etc., to pool information on AI groups and events in the general area of London, Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton.


AAAI Founded in 1979, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI also aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.

Major AAAI activities include organizing and sponsoring conferences, symposia, and workshops, publishing a quarterly magazine for all members, publishing books, proceedings, and reports, and awarding grants, scholarships, and other honors.


AKRI The Applied Knowledge Research Institute works towards a greater understanding of all aspects relating to the application, organisation, representation and dissemination of knowledge.

Computing Societies


IEEE The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters I-E-E-E.

Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.

Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.

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British Computer Society
Cybernetic Machine Specialist Group.
A forum for the Physical Foundations of Computation. The Group's programme is concerned with quantum information processing but more especially with quantum neural information processing and holography as an explanation for the brain's morphology, dynamics and consciousness.

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The Computer Arts Society (CAS) is a specialist group of the British Computer Society. It promotes the creative uses of computers in the arts and culture generally. It is a community of interest for all involved in doing, managing, interpreting and understanding information technology's cultural potential.

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ACM Association for Computing Machinery was founded in 1947. ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Today, some 75,000 members and the public turn to ACM for the industry's leading Portal to Computing Literature, authoritative publications and pioneering conferences, providing leadership for the 21st century.

Natural Computing Application Forum

NCAF The Natural Computing Applications Forum is an independent, non-profit making organisation which offers natural computing practitioners the opportunity to meet and share expertise in a friendly environment. The forum is for people from commerce, industry and academia, for the exchange of ideas and experience in the field of natural computing (using neural networks, evolutionary algorithms and other techniques proved by life). The forum organises three two day meetings each year, which are open to non-NCAF members, in addition to providing a newsletter and an international journal.


CCS The aims of the Computer Conservation Society are to promote the conservation of historic computers, develop awareness of the importance of historic computers and encourage research on historic computers. The Society was formed in 1989 as a Specialist Group of the British Computer Society in association with the Science Museum of London which provides access to the museum's artefacts, as well as the provision of facilities for meetings, lectures and seminars. The total membership is presently about five hundred, distributed all over the UK and the world.

Brookes Computing Society Forums

The Brookes Computing Society is a society of students from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK that are interested in or studying computing and computing related technologies.

The society offers members advice on Brookes courses and computing and mathematical problems, discounts on books, software and hardware, hardware and software previews and reviews, career and job advice.

Control Societies


Institute of Measurement and Control The Institute brings together thinkers and practitioners from the many disciplines which have a common interest in measurement and control. It organises meetings, seminars, exhibitions, and national and international conferences on a large number of topics. It has a very strong level of local section activity, providing opportunities for interchange of experience and for introducing advances in theory and application.


IFAC The International Federation of Automatic Control, founded in September 1957, is a multinational federation of National Member Organizations (NMOs), each one representing the engineering and scientific societies concerned with automatic control in its own country.

The purpose of the Federation is to promote the science and technology of control in the broadest sense in all systems, whether, for example, engineering, physical, biological, social or economic, in both theory and application. IFAC is also concerned with the impact of control technology on society.

Data Communication Organisations


The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Centre is an independent information and demonstration visitor centre for Radio Frequency ID, wireless and mobility. The Centre provides information and briefings on these technologies and how to deploy them effectively.

The Centre is supported by organisations including the Department of Trade & Industry, Cable & Wireless, Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco.

Information Societies

Inf Theory Soc

IEEE Information Theory Society field of Interest is the processing, transmission, storage, and use of information, and the foundations of the communication process. It specifically encompasses theoretical and certain applied aspects of coding, communications and communications networks, complexity and cryptography, detection and estimation, learning, Shannon Theory, and stochastic processes.

The IT Society has over 6000 members worldwide who share professional interests in areas including coding theory; signal processing; communication and computer networks; communication theory; complexity and cryptography; detection and estimation theory; non-parametric estimation, classification, and neural networks; Shannon theory; and source coding.


CORDIS The Community Research and Development Information Service publishes CORDIS Express a weekly briefing on what's new in European research and innovation. The service is designed to highlight the most significant recent developments and Research funded by he European Union.


Inter-IT offers selected information to policy-makers and corporate leaders involved in the challenges presented by today's rapidly evolving world of Information and Internet Technology provides an interactive on-line community promoting awareness of strategic developments and current events in this extensive domain.

Inter-IT Review is published several times a year by e-mail to selected registered users in the form of a PDF file.


ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research institutes from eighteen European countries are members of ERCIM.

ERCIM News is published quarterly.


Exystence The Complex Systems Network of Excellence, "Exystence", is funded by the European Commission to develop collaboration among European researchers interested in Complex Systems, from fundamental concepts to applications, and involving academia, business and industry.

IST Prize

European IST Prize The Community Research and Development Information Service publishes CORDIS Express a weekly briefing on what's new in European research and innovation. The service is designed to highlight the most significant recent developments and research funded by the European Union.


IFIPThe International Federation for Information Processing is a non-governmental, non-profit umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information processing. Technical work, which is the heart of IFIP's activity, is managed by a series of Technical Committees:

  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Software: Theory and Practice
  • Education
  • Computer Applications in Technology
  • Communication Systems
  • System Modelling and Optimization
  • Information Systems
  • Relationship between Computer and Society
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Security and Protection in
  • Information Processing Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Engineering Societies


RAEng The Royal Academy of Engineering was founded in 1976 as The Fellowship of Engineering on the initiative of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and a group of distinguished engineers. It was granted its Royal Charter in 1983 and adopted its present title in 1992

The Academy brings together over 1200 distinguished engineers who come from all engineering disciplines. The Academy aim is to promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of the people of the United Kingdom.


IEE The IEE is an innovative international organisation for electronics, electrical, manufacturing and IT professionals, with specifically tailored products, services and qualifications to meet the needs of today's technology industry.

The IEE supports knowledge and education that will underpin engineering in the 21st century.


IEEE The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters I-E-E-E.

Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.

Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences and has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.


RAeS The Royal Aeronautical Society is "the one multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community". The RAeS is the world's only professional body which caters for the entire aerospace community.

The RAeS is justifiably proud of its members' range of disciplines, not just engineers and pilots, but also doctors, legal specialists, bankers, air traffic controllers, cabin crew, marketers, journalists, etc. Anybody who is a professional within the aerospace industry can belong to the RAeS and indeed many of them do. The aerospace industry is global and The Royal Aeronautical Society reflects this. Although centred in the United Kingdom, it has members in almost 100 countries worldwi

There are many practitioners from all disciplines within the industry who use designatory post-nominals such as FRAeS, CRAeS, MRAeS, AMRAeS, and Grad RAeS


IMechE The Institution has been the home of Mechanical Engineers for 150 years. Around 80,000 engineers world-wide are members. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is the United Kingdom''s qualifying body for mechanical engineers.

A democratic organisation, operating under Royal Charter, the affairs of The IMechE are decided by mechanical engineers from all disciplines and administered by nearly two hundred professional staff in London and Bury St Edmunds.

Founded by George Stephenson, of Liverpool and Manchester Railway fame, the Institution has grown to cover the entire range of technologies and industries in which engineers work. It is committed to ''technology transfer'' as well as ensuring the highest professional standards.


ECUK The Engineering Council (UK) mission is to set and maintain realistic and internationally relevant standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers, technologists and technicians, and to license competent institutions to promote and uphold the standards.

Under its Royal Charter, the ECUK regulates the engineering profession in the UK and formally represents the interests of UK engineers abroad. It is a Designated Authority under the current General Systems Directives.

The engineering profession in the United Kingdom is regulated by the ECUK through 35 engineering Institutions (Licensed Members) who are licensed to put suitably qualified members on the ECUK's Register of Engineers. The Register has three sections: Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician. These titles are protected by the Engineering Council's Royal Charter and may only be used by registrants


FEANI is a federation of professional engineers that unites national engineering associations from 26 European countries. Thus, FEANI represents the interests of over 2 million professional engineers in Europe. FEANI is striving for a single voice for the engineering profession in Europe and wants to affirm and develop the professional identity of engineers.

Through its activities and services, especially with the attribution of the EUR ING professional title, FEANI aims to facilitate the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications in Europe and to strengthen the position, role and responsibility of engineers in society.


BARA was formerly known as the British Robot Association. They provide a voice for the Robotics and Automation Industries, when dealing with government, industry, financial and academic institutions. The aim of the BARA is to promote the use of, and assist in the development of Automation in British industry.


The International Federation of Robotics was established in January 1987 as a non-profit organisation to promote research, development, robotics use, technology transfer and international co-operation. The IFR acts as a focal point for the robotics and automation industry, including service robotics, integrators of robotics, as well as private and public organisations in the field of robotics throughout the world. The IFR provides robotics statistics, news of market developments, and offers its members access to the international research community for projects and new technologies. The General Secretariat of the IFR operates from Paris.


The Worshipful Company of EngineersThe Founder Master, Sir Peter Gadsden GBE, AC, FREng, a former Lord Mayor of the City of London, and several eminent engineers who were also members of other Livery Companies, formed the Company of Engineers on 29th June 1983, with the main objective of ‘affording the means of professional and social intercourse and mutual information between its members, those who practise engineering and those who benefit therefrom, so as to promote the development and advancement of the science, art and practice of engineering in the City of London and elsewhere’. The Company had the support of the Fellowship (now Royal Academy) of Engineering.

The Lunar Society

The Lunar Society brought together many of Britain's leading scientists and innovators. Amongst the founders were Matthew Boulton, who created one of the very first modern factories; James Watt whose steam engines (manufactured in partnership with Boulton) powered the industrial revolution; Josiah Wedgwood, whose scientific precision gave industrial pottery its birth; Erasmus Darwin, writer on medicine and botany whose ideas on evolution anticipated those of his grandson, Charles; Joseph Priestley who isolated oxygen and William Withering who first reliably harnessed the medicinal properties of digitalis.

The modern Lunar Society aims, like its illustrious eighteenth-century predecessor, to play a leading part in the development of Birmingham and the wider region. The Society does not itself take positions, but provides a forum for its membership to influence change through focusing debate, linking social, economic, scientific and cultural thinking and catalysing action on issues critical to the future of the city and the region as a whole.


KCLEA King's College London Engineers' Association is the graduate association for engineers who have studied or worked at King's. It's aims can be broken down into 3 main areas:

  • to facilitate communication between members
  • to facilitate communication between the College and the members
  • to provide support for the College, current undergraduates and KCLES

  • These aims can be achieved by many means, including:
    • newsletters
    • the web site
    • the Directory of Members
    • social events
    • expertise and advice
    • medals and prizes

Science Societies

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The Royal Society is the UK national academy of science founded in 1660, the Royal Society plays a crucial role as the champion of top quality science and technology.

By virtue of its independent status and its body of some 1300 Fellows and Foreign Members covering all scientific disciplines, the Society is uniquely placed to represent the interests of top quality science and technology in its interactions with government, the public and the media. It adopts a high profile on issues which are vital to scientific progress and is taking an increasingly prominent position in furthering the role of science, engineering and technology in society by facilitating constructive dialogue between scientists and non-scientists.

Note: Ten of the Cybernetics Society's Honorary Fellows, and former speakers, are Fellows of the Royal Society. Best known to members will be Dr James Lovelock and his homeostatic Gaia model of the Earth who was elected FRS in 1974. The Royal Society's motto "Nullius in Verba" ("take nothing on authority") contrasts interestingly with our approach to "Establish the Difference".

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The Royal Institution of Great Britain was started over 200 years ago, to create new knowledge and to help people to understand science and appreciate the contribution made by scientists to the development of our world. The Ri has a unique history and atmosphere. It is not only a museum of science but also a flourishing and dynamic research laboratory. It has a long tradition of scientific research and has been 'home' to no fewer than fourteen Nobel prizewinners. It recently celebrated its bicentennial year and, under its Director, Baroness Greenfield, has embarked on an ambitious programme of expansion and modernisation.


BA The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) is the UK's nationwide, open membership organisation dedicated to connecting science with people, so that science and its applications become accessible to all. The BA aims to promote openness about science in society and to engage and inspire people directly with science and technology and their implications.

Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges.


Institute of Physics The Institute works in collaboration with national physical societies, sharing information and working jointly to promote the interests of physics, and makes its educational materials, policy statements and other services available internationally. It plays an important role in transnational societies such as the European Physical Society and represents British and Irish physicists in international organisations. The Institute believes in and promotes ethical integrity in all scientific activity, including education, research, publication and the exploitation of knowledge. The Institute endeavours to advance the interests and achievements of all physicists and encourages collaboration within the international community.

Royal Astronomical Society

RAS The `Astronomical Society of London' was conceived on 1820 January 12 when 14 gentlemen sat down to dinner at the Freemason's Tavern, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. After an unusually short gestation the new Society was born on 1820 March 10 with the first meeting of the Council and the Society as a whole. An early setback, when Sir Joseph Banks induced the Duke of Somerset to withdraw his agreement to be the first President, was overcome when Sir William Herschel agreed to be the titular first President, though he never actually took the Chair at a meeting.

Entering the twenty-first century the Society continues to carry out its three main functions of maintaining a Library, organizing scientific meetings, and publishing journals, but now performs many other functions in pursuit of its goals of the encouragement and promotion of astronomy and geophysics.

Specialist meetings are held in areas of astronomy include cosmology, astrobiology, cosmochemistry, astroparticle physics, computational astrophysics and geophysics including geophysical fluid dynamics, planetary sciences, solar-terrestrial physics.


NYAS Since 1817, the New York Academy of Science has been bringing together scientists of different disciplines from around the world. Their purpose is to advance the understanding of science, technology, and medicine, and to stimulate new ways to think about how their research is applied in society and the world.

An independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization, the Academy has always relied on the generous support of its members and partnering institutions for its vitality. Today the Academy is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost organizers of scientific conferences and symposia. Over time its mission has evolved considerably beyond convener to include the roles of communicator, mentor, and gadfly.


SPIE is the International Society for Optical Engineering.The combined talents of everyone aligned with SPIE contribute to new scientific discovery. Collective knowledge provides the base on which the next generation of scientists and engineers can explore the promise of light. For its part, the Society provides more than $700,000 annually in scholarships, grants, and financial support to encourage scientific and technological education and innovation.

Organisational and Communication Societies


IIC The International Institute of Communications (IIC) is an independent, non-profit, dynamically-engaged forum for industry, government and academia to analyse and debate trends in communications. The IIC enables unrivalled linkages between sectors, organisations, countries and individuals in a mutually respectful way. It strengthens networking across nations and regions of the globe between policy makers, regulators, academics, content providers, technologists and industrialists. The goal of the IIC is to provide a global framework for creating a dialogue about trends in communication and to promote access to communications for all people of the world.


RIIA The Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), also known as Chatham House, is one of the world's leading institutes for the analysis of international issues. RIIA is membership-based and aims to help individuals and organizations to be at the forefront of developments in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world.


HFES The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.

The Society's Technical Groups include Aerospace Systems, Aging, Cognitive Engineering & Decision Making, Communications, Computer Systems, Consumer Products, Education, Environmental Design, Forensics Professional, Individual Differences in Performance, Industrial Ergonomics, Internet, Med. Systems and Rehab, Macroergonomics, Perception and Performance, Safety, Surface Transportation, System Development, Test and Evaluation, Training, Virtual Environments.

OR Society

Operational Research ("OR"), also known as Operations Research or Management Science ("OR/MS") looks at an organisation's operations and uses mathematical or computer models, or other analytical approaches, to find better ways of doing them.

The OR Society, with members in 53 countries, provides training, conferences, publications and information to those working in Operational Research. The Society also provides information about Operational Research to interested members of the general public.


CSICOP is the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community and the public. It also promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues

Educational Organisations

Royal Society of Arts

Royal Society of Arts The Society was founded in 1754 by William Shipley, a painter and social activist. He brought together a group of individuals to propose a manifesto for Society "to embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine arts, improve our manufactures and extend our commerce"

Today the RSA is an independent, non-aligned, multi-disciplinary registered charity with over 22,000 Fellows. It encouarges sustainable economic development and the release of human potential through a programme of projects and a national lecture programme consisting of over 100 events every year. The new manifesto for 2004 shapes all current and future work.

European Science Foundation

ESR The European Science Foundation promotes high quality science at a European level. It acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives.

City and Guilds

City and Guilds of London Institute is the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom. The qualifications assess skills that are of practical value in the work place. They are recognised for their quality and are valued by employers in every sector of business. With over 500 qualifications to choose from there's bound to be one that’s right for you - whatever your situation. Whether you're in work or preparing for work, at college or a training provider, there are qualifications that really make a difference. For employers there are the training and qualifications that will help develop a skilled workforce.

There are more than 8,500 approved City & Guilds centres worldwide offering more than 500 qualifications in almost all sectors – from agriculture to hairdressing, and from IT to vehicle maintenance. City & Guilds provides a range of office-based qualifications through City & Guilds Pitman Qualifications, and a comprehensive set of management qualifications through the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). City & Guilds Affinity sector offers a well-respected and extensive suite of awards in health, care, early years and community services. Altogether the City & Guilds Group awards over one million certificates every year.

Mathematical Organisations


IMA The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications was established in 1982 by the National Science Foundation, as a result of a national competition. The primary mission of the IMA is to increase the impact of mathematics by fostering research of a truly interdisciplinary nature, linking mathematics of the highest caliber and important scientific and technological problems from other disciplines and industry. Allied with this mission, the IMA also aims to expand and strengthen the talent base engaged in mathematical research applied to or relevant to such problems.

The IMA positions itself as an information hub in the mathematical sciences. We identify important research areas and problems in need of new mathematics and communicate them to high quality mathematicians. We inform and instruct users and potential users about new mathematical developments. We bring together mathematicians and scientists to discuss important issues to whose resolution both groups may contribute.

Historical Preservation Engineering Societies

Bletchely Park

Bletchley Park During WW2 the German armed forces top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital information towards their war effort. The world's first programmable computer and other technologies we take for granted today were initiated at The National Codes Centre Bletchley Park.


The Newcomen Society is the world's oldest learned society devoted to the study of the history of engineering and technology. The Society is based in London and is concerned with all branches of engineering: civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, aeronautical, marine, chemical and manufacturing.

Original research papers are given at regular evening meetings held at the Science Museum in London; these papers are subsequently published in the Transactions of the Newcomen Society. Our Transactions form an extensive archive with a strong academic foundation.


The Trevithick Society The Society takes its name from one of Britain's foremost inventors and pioneers of the Industrial Revolution, Richard Trevithick, a Cornishman whose name is inseparable from the development of steam power.

Membership is open to all who are interested in the region's great industrial past, whether or not they live in Cornwall

University Departments with Cybernetics Courses

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Kingston University (UK)
Cognitive Science Laboratory

Cognitive Science is the study of Intelligent Systems. Until the early 1980’s, it aimed to explain cognitive phenomena in computational terms. Its focus has since expanded to cover both the full scope of the mind and the system formed by the brain and the environment within which it functions. Also, the dominant approach of Cognitive Science, the traditional computational paradigm, is challenged and extended by a number of competing approaches.

Research in the CSL reflects this expansion and, at the same time, attempts to create an alternative unifying approach.

Artificial Intelligence is the Laboratory’s central thread intertwined with those of philosophy of mind and perceptual and cognitive aspects of Human Experimental Psychology.

Cybernetics at Reading

The Cybernetics Department at the University of Reading, is a part of the School of Systems Engineering

As more technology is introduced into our everyday lives, Cybernetics, the science of information and its application, will play a role of ever-increasing importance. Our Department has gained an international reputation for its imaginative, forward-thinking research in the field and has developed programmes that, through project work with business and industry, offer you the additional benefit of real-world scientific exposure

The various undergraduate degrees cover both types of system. The MEng in Cybernetics covers almost all of Cybernetics we teach. Whereas, some degrees emphasise technology more, for instance Cybernetics & Control Engineering or Computer Science and Cybernetics. Others emphasise animal systems, including humans, for instance Biological Cybernetics.

Our research is organised in three themes. 'Cybernetic intelligence' which looks at intelligent machines, control and human intelligence. 'Interactive systems' covers systems involving humans and machines, including medical cybernetics, robotics and virtual reality. 'Instrumentation and signal processing' includes work on Terahertz technology, signal processing and infrared multilayer filters.

Systems of Open University

The Systems Department of the Faculty of Technology, Open University was established in 1971. The department provides courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Postgraduate level courses specialise in Information Systems and in Environmental Decision Making. The Undergraduate courses are:- Systems Thinking: Principles and Practice, Managing Complexity: a Systems Approach and Experiencing Systems. Courses in the Postgraduate programme include: Exploring Information Systems, The Information Systems Toolkit, Learning from IS Failures and Information Systems: Legacy and Evolution. Many of the courses have significant cybernetic content, both first and second order.

Cybernetics at Bradford

Department of Cybernetics, Internet and Virtual Systems at the University of Bradford is a part of the School of Informatics

Courses are offered in Cybernetics and Virtual Worlds; Medical Cybernetics; Internet, Law and Society; Animatronics; Computer Systems Administration and Software Development Applications

The foundation-year course is a full-time, one-year course designed specifically for candidates who do not possess the necessary qualifications for direct entry into the first year of the computer-based undergraduate courses within the Department.

A basic grounding in subjects such as use of computers, basic programming, electronics, and mathematics is given that before progressing onto the first year. The programme also includes topics such as study skills and communications.

A diagnostic assessment of your learning objectives will be undertaken at the start of the year, to enable selection and agreement of individual suitable learning programmes.

Information Resources

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Scopus is an abstract and citation database of research literature and web sources providing support for scientific literature research. Their database includes:-

  • 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers
  • Over 12,850 academic journals including coverage of 535 Open Access journals
  • 750 conference proceedings
  • 600 trade publications
  • 27 million abstracts
  • 245 million references, added to all abstracts
  • Results from 250 million scientific web pages
  • 13 million patent records from 4 patent offices


Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations This 3-volume reference covers the world's multinational and national membership organizations. Entries provide the names of directors, executive officers or other personal contacts; telephone, fax, telex, electronic mail, websites and bulletin boards; the group's history, governance, staff, membership, budget and affiliations; the goals and activities of the international organization, including research, awards, certification, education, lobbying and other activities; and publication and convention information. Entries are arranged in general subject chapters. Entries are indexed geographically, by executive or keyword. Pub. Thomson Gale.

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The Skeptic magazine The Skeptic magazine describes itself as the UK's only regular magazine to take a sceptical look at pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal by pursuing truth through reason & evidence since 1987. The Skeptic is a non-profit magazine which was published four times a year before moving online. The magazine is a resource for journalists, teachers, psychologists, and researchers looking to discover the truth behind the many extraordinary claims of paranormal and unusual phenomena. The magazine has many highly respected and high profile contributors and members of its Editorial Advisory Board, including two former speakers at the Cybernetics Society: Wendy Grossman, Founder and Susan Blackmore, Visiting Professor of Psychology, University of Plymouth. The Skeptic website is archived on the UK Web Archiving Consortium’s project to "concentrate on websites of cultural, historical and political importance."

Philosophical Societies

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The Royal Institute of Philosophy was founded in 1925 by Bertrand Russell, Lord Balfour (the Home Secretary who allowed Russell writing materials while he was in prison for sponsoring an anti-war pamphlet in 1916), LT Hobhouse, Samuel Alexander, Harold Laski and Sidney Hooper.

The RIP aims to promote the study and discussion of philosophy and original work in it through its Journal PHILOSOPHY and by arranging and sponsoring programmes of lectures and conferences. The Council of the Institute welcomes applications for membership from all those interested in Philosophy. The journal PHILOSOPHY edited by Professor Anthony O'Hear is published quarterly by the Cambridge University Press and sent to all members of the Institute. It includes articles, discussions and book reviews by contributors who take care to make themselves understood to the serious non-specialist reader, and to avoid both needless technicality and condescension. It is subscribed to internationally by over 1,200 University and other Libraries.

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The British Society
for the Philosophy of Science

BSPS: The British Society for the Philosophy of Science. The purpose of the society is to study the logic, the methods, and the philosophy of science, as well as those of the various special sciences, including the social sciences. The Society organises a programme of monthly meetings, an annual summer conference, and supports other conferences

The Centre for
Philosophy of Natural
and Social Science

CPNSS: The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics (LSE) promotes research into methodological and philosophical aspects of natural and social science. The Centre promotes research into understanding and improving scientific practice and methodology, and organises lectures and seminars by distinguished academics from around the world, organises open forums for discussing science and ethics, science and society, and the public understanding of science.

Cybernetics Society Meeting Venues

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King's College London was established by King George IV in 1829 and became one of the founding colleges of the University of London. It is now a multi-faculty institution with some 16,200 students occupying a leading position in higher education in the UK and enjoying a world-wide reputation for teaching and research.

The Cybernetics Society was founded at King's in 1968 and its Annual Conference, and scientific meetings for members within reach of London, have usually been held there. Current and former staff and students of King's College, Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College in particular members of King's College London Association KCLA, King's College London Engineers' Association KCLEA and King's College London Engineering Society KCLES may attend our monthly meetings and annual conferences free of charge.

Other venues include:

Cybernetics Research Institutes

Max Planck Institute of Biological Cybernetics

The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics The institute works on; the elucidation of cognitive processes, the systems analysis of complex processes in the brains of primates, the enhancement and application of imaging techniques and statistical learning theory and its applications ranging from computer vision to bioinformatics. The Institute is a partner in the EU sponsored BACS (Bayesian Approach to Cognitive Systems) Research Project in which researchers are investigating the application of Bayes' theorem to artificial systems capable of managing complex tasks in a real world environment. (Bayes' theorem is a model for rational judgement when only uncertain and incomplete information is available).

The institute employs around 200 people most of whom are scientists.

Systems Research Groups

Open University Systems Group

The Open University Systems Research Group studies the application of systems ideas. Activities extend from addressing significant social, ecological, and environmental issues to understanding the implications of computing and networking technology. Research encompasses conventional, publication-driven inquiry and 'action research': helping people in organisations to engage with poorly-structured or controversial issues

General Links

Ericsson PBX c.1900: General interest links to useful sites and services suggested by members

Encountering Cybernetics. Dr. Bernard Scott reflects on second order cybernetics as a cognitive methodology and how he came to know it.

Memetics and memetics publications. Memes are the basic building blocks of our minds and culture, in the same way that genes are the basic building blocks of biological life. Our late member Gordon Pask generalised this in his Interactions of Actors (IA) Theory that held concepts that transferred meaningful information used forces, were subject to dynamic mutation and existed in all kinds of matter.

Quantum Consciousness is Cybernetic Gordon Globus of University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior discusses (from PSYCHE 2(12) 1995)

World Changing: Models, Tools, and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future

Psycoloquy is a refereed international, interdisciplinary electronic journal

Psycoloquy publishes articles and peer commentary in all areas of psychology as well as cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral biology, artificial intelligence, robotics/vision, linguistics and philosophy.

Tagish's directory of UK public sector information sources covering UK central and local government (including parish and town councils), UK healthcare providers, and UK universities, UK Government Bodies, UK Party Political Links, UK Universities, UK Healthcare Providers, Telematics and the Information Society, World Government: World-wide Embassies, Technical Links

Open Site An open encylopedia project run by volunteers

Cybernetics, Systems Theory and Complexity: A collection of links from Martin Ryder University of Colorado at Denver School of Education

The Pinakes. A catalogue of Internet information sources grouped by major subject gateways.

A selection of subject specific search engines

The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

Step by step guide to safely accessing the darknet and deep web. A guide to safely accessing the deep web which covers resources beyond Google and also looks at darknet, some of the dangers of the darkest corners of the Internet and how to stay within the bounds of the law.

Wikipedia: A web encyclopedia consisting of pages interconnected by hyperlinks

RMCybernetics is a website with information on cybernetics, automation, robotics, electronics physics and theoretical physics.

Alan Stewart on Cybernetic Conversation

The Alumni of the Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University present this site for people interested in Cybernetic Systems or General Systems Theory.

S.E. Bromberg introduces Evolutionary Ethics from his cybernetic perspective.

Dr Stuart Hammerhoff MD on Quantum Consciousness

Dr Luis Rocha Complex Systems Research. Recommended by Anthony Booth. Dr Rocha's PhD dissertation.